Ecology of Threatened Semi-Arid Wetlands

Long-Term Research in Las Tablas de Daimiel

  • Salvador Sánchez-Carrillo
  • David G. Angeler

Part of the Wetlands: Ecology, Conservation and Management book series (WECM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introductory Chapter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. S. Sánchez-Carrillo, D. G. Angeler, S. Cirujano, M. Álvarez-Cobelas
      Pages 3-20
  3. Abiotic Environment and Historical Reconstructions

  4. Ecological Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. C. Rojo, M. A. Rodrigo
      Pages 137-173
    3. S. Cirujano, M. Álvarez-Cobelas, R. Sánchez-Andrés
      Pages 175-195
  5. Applied Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
  6. Cultural and Societal Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. M. Alvarez-Cobelas, S. Cirujano, A. Meco
      Pages 241-254
  7. Concluding Chapter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. David G. Angeler, Salvador Sánchez-Carrillo
      Pages 257-277
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 279-292

About this book

Introduction

Playing a critical role in both influencing climate change and mitigating its impacts, the world’s diverse wetlands have become one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems as unsustainable land-use practices coupled with irrational use of water have already resulted in large-scale wetlands loss and degradation. To develop sound management and conservation schemes to assure wetlands sustainability in the long term requires long-term understanding of wetlands ecology. Yet until now, long-term interdisciplinary research into these systems has been limited to only a few systems from tropical or temperate climates (such as the Florida Everglades, and Czech biosphere reserve). This new book adds to the existing wetlands literature, providing a unique reference in basic and applied Mediterranean wetland ecology, based on results from long-term interdisciplinary research at the RAMSAR and UNESCO Biosphere site, of Las Tablas de Daimiel, Spain. Dating back to the early 1990s the research highlights changes in the biotic and abiotic environment in response to cumulative anthropogenic stressors, and provide guidance on applying this understand to sound management and conservation. With particular relevance to researchers dealing with semi-arid wetlands in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, as well as to resource managers, the book discusses the complexity of the interacting abiotic and biotic environment across different spatial and temporal scales and across various levels of biological hierarchy is highlighted, and reveals how management based on poor knowledge causes more damage than repair. The book will be of interest to researchers interested in freshwater ecology, hydrobotany, hydrology, geology, biogeochemistry, landscape ecology and environmental management.

Keywords

Ecology Environmental Management Transpiration biosphere carr ecosystem ecosystems eutrophication groundwater hydrology silt siltation vegetation water quality wetland

Editors and affiliations

  • Salvador Sánchez-Carrillo
    • 1
  • David G. Angeler
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Recursos NaturalesCSIC MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Sciences (SLU), Dept. Aquatic Sciences & AssessmentSwedish University of AgriculturalUppsalaSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-9181-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-9180-2
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-9181-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-1261
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-127X
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